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What to Do if You Think Your Spouse is Spying on You

Everyone has a right to certain privacies, even from your spouse. If you discover that your spouse may be spying on you, you will likely feel your personal space has been invaded and your trust has ...
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What to Do If You Are Blindsided by Divorce

All couples fight, right? But differentiating between those squabbles and the arguments that end marriages is sometimes easier said than done. Some spouses are aware of a mutual loss of love in a ...
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Should You Change Lawyers in the Middle of Your Divorce?

When you commit to working with one attorney for your divorce, it can sometimes be tricky to switch to a new attorney in the midst of your split. Some people may wish to change attorneys because they ...
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4 Tips for Your Divorce Deposition

Some divorce matters require each spouse to go through a deposition. A divorce deposition is essentially a testimony you give to the opposing attorney, out of court. You will be sworn in and are ...
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How Domestic Violence Could Impact Your Divorce

When there is domestic violence in a marriage, ending that marriage is usually more complicated than a typical divorce. Domestic violence includes any type of physical abuse, sexual abuse, stalking, ...
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Selling the House During Divorce: Everything You Need to Know

As a couple goes through the process of a divorce, deciding what to do with the marital home can be tricky. Sometimes one person may wish to keep the house by buying the other spouse out, or they may ...
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3 Key Changes in the New Tax Bill That May Affect Your Divorce

By James Stensel President Trump signed the Tax Cut and Reform Bill into law on December 22, 2017, representing the biggest tax overhaul since the 1986 bill signed into law by Ronald Reagan. While all ...
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Top 4 Things to Do Before Initiating a Divorce

If you feel you are ready to initiate a divorce, make sure that you are prepared to start the process off on the right foot by thinking ahead and creating a plan. The divorce process can be long, ...
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How to Practice Self-Care During Divorce

Going through a divorce can be one of the most difficult things you ever do. Even the most amicable splits can feel overwhelming and stressful, and contentious divorces can leave you feeling drained ...
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5 Co-Parenting Tips for When You and Your Ex Don't Get Along

When you and your ex have a contentious relationship, it can make parenting much more difficult. Whether you were married to your ex or not, splits can be emotionally difficult and may result in ...
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How to Handle Your First Christmas After Divorce

If you’ve recently divorced and are experiencing some major changes in family life, you might be a little worried about how it all will affect the upcoming holiday season. The holidays are ...
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Divorce Tips: Be Careful Who You Listen To

When you are going through a divorce there are a lot of information sources out there, though some are more reliable than others. With just a few taps on your phone, you can even have an entire stack ...
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Two New Attorneys Join MI Vancouver Office

We are pleased to announce that Vancouver family law attorneys Lisa Martin and Lisa Ward have joined the firm. Our new team members bring a diverse range of experience to McKinley Irvin – and a ...
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What is a Parenting Plan Modification?

Life is rarely, if ever, consistent, especially where children are involved. When our jobs, living situation, financial stability, or personal affairs change, it is only natural that other aspects of ...
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How Can Emotional Abuse Impact My Divorce?

Whenever abuse is involved in a marriage, the divorce invariably becomes more complicated – emotionally and legally. In marriages where some type of abuse transpired, it is very likely that the ...
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Common Family Law Issues for Same-Sex Couples

Marriage equality may have felt like a big leap and in many ways, it was, but we still have a long way to go before same-sex couples enjoy true legal equality in family matters. Just like any other ...
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When Will My Divorce Be Finalized?

A divorce is officially finalized when the judge signs the paperwork for his or her final decision. At the very least, a divorce in Washington will take 3 months, which is the minimum waiting period. ...
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What Happens if My Spouse Doesn't Hire a Divorce Lawyer?

Regardless of the purpose, whether to save money or for personal reasons, some people simply choose not to hire an attorney to represent them during their divorce. If your spouse decides to go this ...
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Are Political Differences Causing More Divorces?

There is plenty for couples to argue about in a divorce without throwing politics into the mix, but that seems to be precisely what’s happening. Amid the current political upheaval, it seems ...
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Can I Legally Prevent My Children from Seeing Their Other Parent?

While, in many cases, it is typically better for children to have a relationship with both of their parents, there may be situations when keeping your ex out of your children’s lives is in their ...
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3 Realities About Divorce

Making the decision to seek a divorce can be very difficult – or it may be one of the easiest choices you’ve made. The important thing to realize is that everyone is different and each ...
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Laura Sell Named McKinley Irvin Law Practice Managing Partner

We are pleased to announce that McKinley Irvin Partner Laura Sell has been promoted to the McKinley Irvin executive management team as Law Practice Managing Partner. She began her new role on August ...
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What is Considered Separate Property in a Divorce?

There are two general types of assets or properties in a divorce, communal assets and separate assets. In the state of Washington, everything acquired during the marriage is considered communal ...
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Summertime Co-Parenting Tips

While summer means fun and relaxation for most families, for divorced and separated parents, summer break can be quite complicated. Between day care arrangements while school is out, negotiating ...
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How to Survive Wedding Season When You Are Recently Divorced

Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes warmer weather, bright and fragrant flowers, blue skies, and, of course, weddings. Weddings can be stressful for anyone, but if you’ve ...
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